Whoopi slams DeRay McKesson’s claim that ‘Planet of the Apes’ is racist

Does this ape in a blue vest represent black lives matter activist DeRay Mckesson? (Photo Source: Publicity/poster image War for the Planet of the Apes released by 20th Century Fox)

The recent controversy generated by Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson over the latest film in the Planet of the Apes series has earned the wrath of Whoopi Goldberg. In the movie War for the Planet of the Apes, the character known as “Bad Ape” wears a distinctive blue vest. McKesson believes the movie was racist and the ape wearing the blue vest was supposed to mimic his image while at Black Lives Matter rallies.

DeRay Mckesson (Image Source: twitter/@DeRay)

In a segment of daytime talk show “The View,” Goldberg let her feelings be known and pulled no punches by telling McKesson “get over yourself.”

The segment can be seen below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lX7Fg6zYZE

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14 Comments
  1. yes some racist fool did put that ape in blue vest in as a attention grabber, they think we apes anyway . whoopy is the biggerst ap of all if she dont get it ,, i got it immediately that movie should be boycotted by blacks . lessons cant be taught if we dont pull together . why do they keep revising the planet of the ape anyway

        1. A victimizer? The truth hurts. Stop whining!!! I’m a black woman and wasting time on this pettiness is exactly why we have no credibility when standing up for bigger issues.

          1. How is it whining when you are calling out obvious racism? If you ignore the subtle or smaller issues. Then those same issues fester, becoming bigger issues. Wouldn’t you agree?

          2. lol, ‘obvious racism.’ Does this guy – who no one has ever heard of – think that he has a copyright on blue vests?

            And someone teach the OP that it’s Planet of the ApeS. Plural. Not just a planet made up of one very successful ape.

          3. White supremacist sypathizer. Even the original directors of the movie said it was about race relations. I saw the movie and it has obvious racial connotations.

            Instead of trying to defend white supremacy. Do you research first.

          4. Ahem. The ORIGINAL DIRECTORS, of a different movie, said that that different movie was, in part, allegorical. They didn’t say that it was ‘about’ race relations, because it was also about the hubris of humanity, the environment and the tension surrounding the arms race and nuclear war….that and it was based on an earlier French novel…Why is it that people for whom race is their only waking priority can’t understand that not everyone shares that obsession?

            The team from THIS movie has said that, actually, the design was different – full sleeves and based on an earlier costume – but was then altered to deal with a practical problem.

            ‘ I saw the movie and it has obvious racial connotations.’
            Surely you know that you alone don’t get to decide that.

            Instead of race baiting and making absolutely everyone’s life harder, why not do your own research?

          5. White Supremacy 101 is to deny the existence of it all cost. If unsuccessful, then blame or antagonize the victims,blaming them for the existence of white supremacy.

            If both of the aforementioned are unsuccessful. Simply use the, ” I ‘m white and I say so “!

          6. I guess I’m just not as experienced in white supremacy as you are…Wait, are you saying that white supremacy is unsuccessful?

            Who has been blamed? Who has said that the dude in the vest is responsible for white supremacy? What are you talking about?

            Who has said “I’m white and I say so?” Give me names. FInd me that person – especially considering that this is a story about WHOOPI GOLDBERG.

  2. Wasn’t NO DAMN BODY thinking about that DUDE when they made that MOVIE… he is NOT that big in the GRAND SCHEME of things…personally I was like WHO? HE IS SERIOUS? There is such thing as a balanced ProBlack supporter such as myself…I don’t knit pick I go for the bigger issues…and THIS MOVIE aint it… I bet if the producers reached out prior to ask this dude if he wanted to be the movie it would have been HIM instead of the ape with his damn vest… just stop it and stick to bigger issues you aint that important to a MULTIMILLION DOLLAR movie that has been around before your dad squirted you in yo’ mama!

  3. I think Whoopi was to quick in defending an obvious and purposeful racist image. I saw the movie and let’s just say. Some of the imagery and symbolism is beyond racist. I think she may be issueing an apology real soon.

    1. You think that a chimp in a vest is a racist image? You know that this is the precursor to the apes RULING THE WORLD, right? The apes win. It’s called planet of the apes, not Planet of the White men who rule the apes.

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